Posted on 5th November 2016 at 10:53 by Colin Wells in Pastors’ Blog
Having just returned from the FIEC leaders conference, an hour window remains open to reflect on the last 3 days before the school run kicks in and normality is resumed. As well as a cold apartment 2 things stand out from our time on the East Coast. Firstly the wonder of the gospel and its power to change lives. Secondly the desperate need for that gospel in the UK. Latest figures suggest that there are roughly 68 million people in the UK who have not yet trusted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. When you hear a stat like that how does it make you feel? How does it provoke you to act? Does it provoke you to act?
In Luke 19 v41 we witness the stunning sorrow of Jesus as our sovereign Saviour weeps over the city of Jerusalem.
Luke 19 v41: As Jesus approached Jerusalem and saw the city he wept over it…
This moment maybe more than any other in scripture captures the heart of Christ for those who reject him. It echoes the heart of his Father in Genesis 6 who looks out on the whole of creation and is grieved to the very core of his being.
God’s heart breaks for those who choose death and not life. Does ours?
However as we reflect on the state of our nation and turn to pray for it, we must first recognise that before we weep with Jesus he wept for us. We were once of that number, alienated from God and enemies in our minds because of our evil behaviour. Marvel first at the reality of your own inclusion and let that joy spill over into seeing others know that same joy.
Pray that the Lord would give us a vision not just for our own community but for our nation.